Articles from ‘Styling Tips’
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Who has time to spend over 30 min on their hair? Not many people! We are always running to work and off to meet friends that trying to hours long glam isn’t always in the cards. Here are some quick tips for getting a 1-2-3 ¬†step style!
For men, these types of cuts pictured to the right that are longer on top and extremely faded down to skin are very popular! But even if you have a medium length haircut, there are 2 go to products you can use quickly for n easy yet refined look
-If you want texture, hold and/or a matte finish: use the beeswax based Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Its great for creating hold on medium to thicker hair types or densities.
-If you want light hold and a soft sheen finish:¬†use the featherweight Undressed by Kevin Murphy. Its great for finer hair types and creates a shine finish that mimics slight wetness.
If you have short to a longer pixie cut, you can play with different finishes and texture for variety.
-Loma (locally sourced and cruelty free!) has ¬†a range of styling products that are fun to play with on shorter hair. Try The Fiber Putty by Loma to create definition, texture and medium hold. It can be very helpful for holding a swoop bang like in the picture to the right.
-Or for a sleeker look, try Molding Cream by Moroccan Oil. The argan nut oil in it is conditioning and helps create some of the slicked back looks that are so popular on the runways.
If you have medium to long length hair, try creating a soft beachy texture.
-Try and use Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray (fine hair) or¬†Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) in your ¬†dry hair on the mid shaft to ends. These products will create hold with minimal effort.
-Blow dry the dampness of the product with a slow speed medium heat dryer. Then use a curling iron to rotate the hair around the curling iron (2″-3″ diameter) in varied directions in 2- 3 rotations. ¬†This creates movement and slight volume. Or curl all pieces away from the face ¬†and it will create soft waves. ¬†Make sure not to curl the last 1-2″ of the ends to recreate a tousled look and do not use the clip on the curling iron.
Once the hair is curled and cooled, use your hands to stretch the curl out a bit by grabbing big sections and smoothing your hands down the curls. This will soften them up and make them look more natural. To finish, use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy lightly¬† 12″ away to hold the curl and protect it from humidity.
Once you have done it a couple times, you will become quick like QUICKSILVER getting out the door in the morning or for an event. Going from day to night should be simple and almost effortless….
Ain’t no one got time for being a diva ’bout their hair!¬†…Or book a quick styling session with one of our independent stylists online!
Their profiles are on emersonsalon.com and you can easily make an appointment through their booking link!
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Men’s hair needs to be versatile, as well as grow out attractively. Lately we have been seeing trends in short, medium and longer hairstyles for men. Here we detail the ways to ask for these haircut styles, and how long they generally can hold up for. Communicating your desires effectively with your stylist ¬†is key to receiving not just a satisfactory haircut…but an excellent one!
This is a very stylized haircut for men- but when it is worn with confidence, it can get many a look on the street. The sides and nape are clippered down to 1/8″, and blended into a disconnected top. ¬†The barber or stylist needs to make sure the hair from the crown to the occipital bone is kept long, and to take time blending into the disconnection. Also, in order to emphasize the part line, it may be necessary to buzz the line to the skin. The top is left longer, and might need to be layered into the shorter blended hair around the temple or parietal area. Clipper over comb and shear work is essential to achieving a custom blend for the haircut and hairline. We love the product Night Rider by Kevin Murphy to style the pompadour look. This is a firm hold product, which will help to lay down the part. This look can last between 3-6 weeks.
This is a great short to medium length look. ¬†It utilizes clippers at the edges and ears, as well as shear over comb and layering work to taper the shorter parts into the top. Some stylists may add texture on top with shears, a razor or texturizing shears; depending on your hair type. If your hair is prone to frizz, request manual texturizing/carving/incising, which is with shears, to minimize unruly hair. A great product to use for this is Undressed by Kevin Murphy. It has light hold and a mild sheen to it, and will help emphasize the texture. This look can last between 4-7 weeks.
This is a great short into long look. Don’t worry- your hair doesn’t need to be wavy or curly to achieve it. We’re showing you that this style looks good on textured hair as well! Clippers are used to sharpen the very edges only, and shears are used to remove bulk and length from the sides. The top is longer yet cut to emphasize movement and texture. We like to use Easy Rider by Kevin Murphy, to moisturize the hair as well as control frizzies and to take too-much fullness. This look can last 5-8 weeks.
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Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Long hair looks are sultry and give you many, many options for styling. Here we show you some of our favorite long hair styles and haircolors!
- Color: This is a balayage haircoloring service with soft golden dark blond and small flicks of lighter blond through the top and front. Ideally, your hair is medium to dark brown naturally so grow out ¬†and maintenance will be minimalized.
- Styling this: Blow dry with Moroccan Oil Original Treatment for heat protection, shine and moisture. Then apply a Kevin Murphy’s Anti-Gravity Spray before using a large barrel curling iron to create soft curl+wave.
- Finish with flexible Working Spray by Alterna Caviar which contains caviar extract to protect the hair from over drying.
- Color:¬†This is a soft balayage technique on medium dark brown hair. It is possible to achieve this with lifting haircolor on naturally pigmented hair to minimize damage.
- Styling this: Once blown dry with Anti-Gravity lotion by Kevin Murphy, put¬†the hair into 4 slightly loose braids. Take a flatiron and clamp down on the brain from the midshaft to the ends. Allow to cool and release the braids.
- Finish with Moroccan Oil Medium Hold Hairspray..and go!
- Color:¬†This is a soft auburn haircolor with hints of strawberry blond balayage through the front and top.
- Styling this:¬†Blow dry on low speed medium heat from damp with Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy for curl enhancement and frizz control. Then gather the hair to the side and 3 strand braid close to your neck. Hold the ends and loosen the braid by lightly tugging on the strands.
- Finish by securing the ends with a hair tie and use a curling iron to make bends in through pulled out pieces in front.
- Color: This is an all over color in transluscent medium dark brown with neutral to ash tones.
- Styling this: Blow dry from damp with a large round brush using Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse. Apply Dry Shampoo by Alterna Caviar at the roots to help keep volume. Then, back brush with a boar bristle brush 2″ from hair line in 2″ sections and spray with Working Spray. Brush the hairline over the volume and slowly smooth out the bumps spraying again. Secure with a few bobby pins by twisting the hair in the back.
- Finish: Rough up the ends with a little teasing and go!
- Color:¬†This is a soft “sombre” balayage that leaves the natural at the midshaft and subtly blends into 1 level lighter than 2 levels lighter on the ends. This look grows out beautifully and once achieved needs maintenance every 3-4 months.
- Styling This: Use Undressed by Kevin Murphy to slick the hair into a high ponytail. Grab a piece of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder 3- 4 X and bobby pin securely into the base of the ponytail. Now softly make a 3 strand braid and secure with another ponytail holder.
- Finish this by misting with a shine spray like Kendi Oil by Alterna Bamboo for shine on the entire thing.
……OR schedule a styling appointment with one of our independent hair designers and treat yourself to some fun style!
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Monday, August 31st, 2015
I asked the stylists which products they liked to work with the best and why, and Kevin.Murphy Hair Products are everyone’s favorite at Emerson Salon!
Here’s the specifics:
Esther: ‚ÄúI love Night.Rider because it gives the perfect matte finish with great hold on all hair types, and a little goes a long way. It works great for women’s pixies too!‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI really love the new line as well; specifically the Plumping Line‚ÄĚ [Plumping Wash, Plumping Rinse, and Body Mass]. ‚ÄėThey smell like heaven.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
D‚ÄôArcy: ‚ÄúThe Anti. Gravity, Angel Series [Angel.Wash and Angel.Rinse], and Body.Mass are the best products for finer hair that I‚Äôve ever worked with. They‚Äôre light, and do not weigh the hair down; also, they have amazing smells and contain natural ingredients. Night.Rider is great because it works for all the new tight fades the guys get these days, and it creates hold and texture for all hair types.‚ÄĚ
Jason: ‚ÄúSo far, I am loving Night.Rider, Free.Hold, and the Stimulate.Me thickening shampoo and conditioner.‚ÄĚ
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
The long awaited Mad Max movie is coming out! It is called Mad Max: Fury Road and takes Mad Max on a journey ¬†through the post-apocalyptic world with a band of women trying to escape a savage warlord. It stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz. Performance artist and feminist, Eve Ensler, was brought on as consultant to make sure the George Miller based flick sincerely represented strong women in a major way.
At Emerson Salon, we are fans of post-apocalyptic looks and think there are some fun hair inspirations to try from the movie. Here we talk about the fierce females’ hair look that rock out this film with unique and gritty style.
Here is Zoe Kravitz’s bold haircut (see left.) It is not a typical “pixie cut” as the texture and almost non existent bangs are disconnected to create a shattered effect. ¬†The shape is still tapered and rounded to the head shape and is most likely achieved with slide cutting or razoring work. Her high cheekbones and long neck really help create a dramatically angular look and helps to add to her character work in the film.
¬† ¬† Next up is Riley Keough as “Capable.” Her hair is a beautiful shade of vibrant auburn and styled in a messy, frizzy wave. If you have longer hair you can french braid your hair on either side of the hair when half damp with beach texturizer and allow to air dry or blow dry to create undulating waves with ease. Then release and rough up with your fingers once the braids are removed.
To achieve this hair color can be a simple one step process at a professional colorist if you have light hair or medium naturally occuring blond. If you have dark hair it might¬†be necessary to lift or lighten the hair in order for the orange based color to show up vibrantly on your hair. Reds fade pretty quickly so make sure to review with your stylist how to best and maintain this high octane shade. We recommend using Color Proof or Moroccan Oil brand Shampoos and Conditioners. TIP: Less shampooing means less fadage so make sure to stock up on dry shampoo!
We are so excited for this movie! Check out the trailer and info below!
Find out more here:¬†http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392190
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
The music festival season is upon us! When the sun comes out, the desire to dance ¬†outside and listen to top acts strut their stuff means you have to have fun hair! (Duh!)
Here we review some of the looks we saw popping up at SXSW and Coachella recently as you prepare for Sasquatch and other fests…
The trendiest women’s hair colors are pastels this spring. Light Teal, slate gray and pale lilac (see right above) are all the rage and young women are calling off the hook at the salon for them! It is good ¬†for you to know, however,that in order to achieve these looks that there will be bleaching involved. Hair must be lifted to a pale white/yellow blond in order for any pastel to show up. Otherwise the remaining pigment in the hair will override the color you are trying to achieve (imagine trying to put pale blue on yellow/gold hair- yellow and blue makes green! no bueno!)
Bleaching the hair to this level ¬†of lightness can be extremely damaging to the hair and can be costly for you as a client. So, if you want to avoid hair breakage – you can always opt for a nice wig (see Kylie Jenner above) or try a colored hair powder or spray and set it with some flexible hairspray like AllAround by ColorProof so it will not rub off on clothes or friends you hug. These methods simply wash out in the shower with shampoo and water but be careful- if your hair is porous or damaged it could stain the hair a tad.
If you are just looking for some fun styles to try to wear at our own Capitol Hill Block Party (July 24-26) in Seattle, try some fun braids! You can do some beach waves with Hair Resort by Kevin.Murphy and take a small, reverse¬†french braid down the center part (left above) or try a loosened up french braid (right above.) ¬†Need some tips? Try watching this YouTube tutorial here.
Guys like to have fun with their festival hair too!
You could try what has been playfully coined,”The Lumbersexual Look,” (see left above) which is a very tight fade/clipper cut with a buzzed in part along the disconnection, longer hair on top (for parting and pompadour-ing) and a full beard that dramatically transitions in the sideburn area. Try using Night Rider or Super Goo by Kevin Murphy to help hold the coiffed style on top. Or you can try a clean and tight taper cut with a dreaded/messy top (see right above, Vic Mesa at Coachella.)
Bring your inner boho-chic out with these festival trends and make sure to hit up Emerson Salon for all your hair needs- our independent hairstylists are excited to work with you! Book with one directly today….
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
¬†Do you get uncomfortable trying to tell your stylist what type of short men’s haircut you prefer?
Here are some tips on how to talk about getting a new look:
1) Learn some basic terminology: Taper, Block, Fade, Layers
(We also found a great terminology guide here that has some pics:¬†http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html)
¬† ¬† ¬† – TAPER: Looking at the picture above, see how the hair moves down the head from longer to shorter to nothing? That is what we call tapering. This can be done with clippers but can also be detailed and perfected with shear over comb or other techniqgues. It leaves an undefinable difference between hair and the neckline.
¬† ¬† ¬† -BLOCK: When a barber or stylist asks you if you like the back “blocked off” it means there is still some hair bulk that can be cut so there is a definable line at the hairline.
¬† ¬† ¬† -FADE: This refers to the technique of blending the different lengths as it is tapered. Otherwise, you can see obvious differences between the lengths. For example, if the hair was not faded like in the picture above you could see heavy weight lines from the bulk that has been left.
¬† ¬† ¬† -LAYERS: This refers to the act of using scissors to remove weight from the hair. This technique can help blend longer hair down into shorter, more faded lengths. This technique is helpful in softening the bulk on the top and crown of the head.
2) Learn what type of hair you have:
¬† ¬† ¬†-Fine, Medium, Thick (refers to each individual hair’s thickness)
¬† ¬† ¬†– Straight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky (refers to texture)
¬† ¬† ¬†– Thin, Medium or Thick Density (refers to density of hair)
Once you know what type of hair you have it is much easier to try and find pictures of haircuts that would work best with your hair type. Google mens cut+ your hair type and look in the images portion of the search results. Or, use Pinterest! Stylists love looking at pictures of what you are looking for in your new haircut! Also, it helps you to understand how your hair will work for your new haircut.
3) Make sure to tell your stylist what has and has not worked for your hair in the past.
Do you have any odd cowlicks or growth patterns? Does you hair stick out as it grows back in? Does your hair hate razor cuts or thinning shears? No sense in repeating ickyness from old haircuts!¬†
4) Ask the stylist to recommend the right product for the haircut you are asking for.
No sense in wearing that awesome new do without the right product to help show it off! TIP: Have the stylist give you a brief tutorial on how to put it into your hair. Do you need a comb? Can you use your fingers? Do you have to do any heat styling? TIP: The top 2 products for men at Emerson Salon are the lightweight Easy Rider and the matte ,firm hold Night Rider by Kevin Murphy.
Men’s short haircuts grows quickly so changing your style every few months is possible for many ¬†men! Try out one of our EXCITING stylists at Emerson Salon for your next haircut …….
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
We recently did a post about the conservative hair we recently saw on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Now, we will point out the more daring looks of the Oscars parade of hair and gowns for the Academy Awards. We saw quite a bit of predictable hair but below we recount the ‘dos that excited us the most!
Our first prize for bold hair at the Oscars goes to Kelly Osbourne (left above.) She not only paired her recent shade of pale lilac with a great gown but she had a very interesting french twist on the center, top of her head. It was sleek and shiny and helped to seemingly elongate her height in the black high-low gown she chose.
Our second prize for bold hair goes to the inimitable Lady Gaga. She is known the world over for the beautiful lace front wigs she dons for press and performances and this is no exception. ¬†This wig’s color has a deep, ashy root subtly blended into a greyish platinum blond that is styled in loose waves. When trying to achieve similar looks to these we recommend a cocktail of Young.Again Immortelle Oil with Anti Gravity by Kevin Murphy. Apply to towel dried hair and blow dry 100% and then iron curl horizontally in big sections before using a boar bristle brush.
We give honorable mentions to singer Rita Ora and actress Emma Stone. Rita has cropped her hair short and bleached and toned it a light, warm beige color. At the Golden Globes she wore her hair piece-y and funky but in this rendition she opted for a side part with a slick, wet look. ¬†Very classic and refined comparatively to how we saw her new hair styled previously.
Emma has finally returned to the brilliant shade of deep copper red that we know and love her for after donning blond for the last couple years. ¬†This shade of hair coupled with side pinning loose finger waves is perfect for pairing with her vintage inspired dress. Want your hair to stay like theirs? Use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy when finishing your style and it will hold all night whether you are relaxing or dancing the night away like the stars at the Oscar after parties!
Come meet ¬†with one of our awesome stylists and let them help you glow like these celebrities on the red carpet….Book with an independent Emerson stylist by clicking on their profile today!
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Here at Emerson we jokingly call it,”Commercialized Love Holiday.”
You do not have to spend tons of $ to get in the Valentine’s spirit. Above are some examples of how to make hearts in your ¬†longer hair. The first is two braids rolled into a heart shape and pinned in the back of a ¬†hairstyle. The second image above are 2 small braids put into a ponytail and looped through. Another braid is made just underneath the loop to bring the two prong braid¬†into the second set below it. TIP: use clear small elastics to secure the braids so they do not interfere with the look. Lastly, a special one sided french braid on either side of a center part ¬†can be curved into a heart and secured in the back. HINT: Make sure to use a sticky wax like Night Rider by Kevin Murphy so the pieces do not slip out of the braid. It also keeps little flyaways from popping out of the braid.
Short hair can be fun to do something with for Valentine’s Day! Feeling Bold? Try out this buzz tattoo of heart with a red hairspray (can be found at Champion Costume Supply in Seattle) filling in the heart as shown below. Grows out within a month and then you can start fresh!
We LOVE all our Stylists and Hair Clients at Emerson Salon. Happy Love Day and we hope to share some TLC with your hair soon. Book directly with an Emerson Salon stylist through their individual profile TODAY!